Those working in programs housed at universities usually hold a master's degree in linguistics or teaching English as a second language. Those working with students in adult basic education programs have undergraduate degrees as well as on the job training.
While the conference is primarily for instructors, it is open to anyone. For example, someone interested in immigration issues may find it interesting, Shank said.
Keynote speaker is Jen Smyers, associate director for immigration and refugee policy with Church World Service. She is a graduate of American University with undergraduate degrees in law and society and public communication and a master's in public policy. She has worked with Border Action Network in Tucson, Ariz., and Migration Policy Institute in Washington, D.C.
Conference sessions include Project-Based Instruction, Skill Area Instruction and Assessment, Technology in Instruction, Common Core Standards for English as a Second Language, Advocacy and Community Involvement, Family Involvement, and Immigration Law and Reform.
Go to tesolwv.org for more information about the conference or to register online. However, advance registration is not required. Conference fee of $65 includes all sessions as well as lunch.
A meet and greet will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Sahara Restaurant, 189 Summers St. in Charleston. The all-you-can-eat buffet at the Middle Eastern restaurant is $15. Reservations are not required.
The conference begins at 8 a.m. Saturday at Garnet Career Center, 422 Dickinson St. in Charleston.
For those who want overnight accommodations, a block of rooms has been reserved at the Fairfield Inn, 1000 Washington St. E. in Charleston, for $97 a night. Call 304-343-4661.